Shanghai International Circuit, China – spectators’ experiences

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Tell us about your experiences of visiting Shanghai International circuit.

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  • When you visited the track
  • Where you watched from
  • How easy it was to get to
  • How much of the track you could see
  • What support races there were
  • What you liked and didn’t like
  • How much it cost and whether it was good value

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37 comments on Shanghai International Circuit, China – spectators’ experiences

  1. James Bagnall said on 14th April 2011, 11:16

    I live not far from the track, and went last year, but won’t be able to catch this year’s race.

    For some additional info for people travelling:

    METRO: There IS a metro stop on line 11 for the Shanghai track (上海赛车场) (Shanghai race track), in the northwest corner of the metro map. Last year was the first year it was opened, and it works like a charm. HOWEVER – it was CLOSED on race day. Friday & Saturday it worked fine, and is very cheap & easy, however on race day it does not operate.

    Alternative Routes: I am not familiar with the bus running from the stadium, as that was not part of my route. Taxis are cheap, although drivers don’t speak English – the terminus of that branch of line 11 (安亭 An Ting) is quite a busy place, and you will be able to find taxis to/from there if you want a quick and easy link to the metro.

    Something to note in advance: All the metro signs and maps are bilingual, so if you are an English speaker, you should be able to find your way around the metro system. I agree with Sean that it can be a maze, but if you are an English speaker, you should be able to navigate it successfully.

  2. Greg said on 15th April 2011, 2:19

    still looking for someone to share a taxi with

    if interested, please call me at:



  3. Hey guys,

    In Nanjing for a few weeks, and planning on getting the bullet train into shanghai, then metro to shanghai indoor stadium(unless there is somewhere closer?). do you think it may be possible to pick a ticket up from a tout outside the stadium or at the track? its kind of a last minute thing. there will be a good few of us coming from nanjing on this route.

    any help is much appreciated,


  4. John said on 15th April 2011, 17:22

    Hi everyone,
    I’m in Shanghai for my third F1 stop this year and also finding it hard to find shuttle info to get to the track. I know the metro is available but thinking I might try the shuttle as it sounds a lot easier.
    Just want to confirm that there is a shuttle bus to the track from Hongkou Stadium…? and is it a return shuttle at the end of the day..?
    I’m staying at the Holiday Inn Downtown so it’s not to far away if this is correct.
    Any info would be a help.
    Cheers John.

  5. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 26th July 2011, 6:19

    I took the hairpin seats in 2010, and with good reason.
    1. They’re cheaper than the main grandstand seats, but there’s a roof over your head, so you’re not worried about the rain – which it did that year!
    2. They provide an excellent view, from the beginning of the back straight all the way to the last turn and pit entry. Fog wasn’t really an issue when we watched, but in any case, had it fogged up, the race probably would’ve been stopped anyway.
    Other tips I can share:
    1. Go on Friday! It’s free admission for anyone who bought tickets for the weekend, so you can go sit at other seats where you normally can’t (say, the start-finish line and pit area). From what I understand, there’s also a pitlane tour available on Thursday, but I didn’t get into Shanghai until Thursday night, so I don’t know the specifics there.
    2. Bring a radio, just in case. The PA is a bit difficult to hear at times, even if you understand Chinese. The circuit was selling noise-cancelling headphones with built-in radios of the PA, but the audio quality was poor. Other people in the stands tend to figure out the radio frequency anyway, so you can just go ask them.
    3. Bring a jacket! It was rather cold in Shanghai when we went. Probably not as cold as Beijing, but you are in the open for at least 2 hours on Sunday alone, so you’ll still feel the chill – especially if you’re sitting in uncovered stands.
    4. Bring a good camera with even better lens. The hairpin is the best overtaking spot on the track, and is also the 2nd slowest corner on track, so lots of opportunities to get good photos.
    5. Have a Chinese friend! Their understanding of English is nothing like what you’d get in Singapore or Hong Kong. It will be an occasional struggle if you don’t have a friend who can smoothen out the linguistic barrier.

  6. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 9th December 2011, 13:30

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